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Italian Intermezzo

Operated by: Insight Vacations

8 Days from $2,530 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
People looking at ceiling of Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy

Countries Visited

Italy ...more Italy

Locations Visited

Milan, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome ...more Milan, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome
  1. Day 1 Elegant Como

    Welcome to Italy. After being greeted by your Travel Director at Milan's Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 or 12:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 and head to L'antica Riva, an elegant restaurant on the shores of Lake Como, known for serving delicious fresh produce. Your Welcome Dinner provides the opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Palace Hotel, Como.
  2. Day 2 Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic

    Journey through the beautiful Italian lake district, past Lakes Iseo and Garda to the floating city of Venice, Queen of the Adriatic. Your hotel offers authentic Venetian charm, as it reflects the history and culture of the surrounding area.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.
  3. Day 3 Venice and the magic of La Serenissima

    Wake up ready to embrace this romantic city. While here, visit a traditional arts centre on Murano Island, where you can see how their beautiful handcrafted glass is made by expert glassblowers. What better way to see Venice than from a private boat, cruising past palazzos and churches to St. Mark’s Square? See the gilded basilica, the Doge's Palace and Lord Byron’s Bridge of Sighs.No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola serenade through the myriad of beautiful canals. Relax and enjoy the local traditional songs, as you drift along in romantic awe. Spend the afternoon as you wish. As night falls, why not savour the magic of St. Mark’s square with its orchestras and al-fresco cafes?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Indigo Venice - Sant'Elena.
  4. Day 4 Tranquil Tuscany, Pisa and Florence

    Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles as well as the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Venture on to beautiful Florence - a treasure house of the Renaissance. Explore Florence with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's monumental statue, David or alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour and enjoy all the treats and trinkets on show. With your Local Expert, admire the marble-clad Cathedral and Baptistery and wander Piazza della Signoria, an open-air gallery filled with Renaissance sculptures. In the evening, dinner is served with a selection of Tuscany's finest wines, presented by an expert sommelier who explains each of the wines being served.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Londra, Florence.
  5. Day 5 Free Time in Renaissance Florence

    Learn some secrets of traditional Florentine leatherwork, when you visit a local workshop to admire their intricate work.The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for luxury goods around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafés? Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. In the evening, there is an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous optional Tuscan dinner, served with local wine.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Londra, Florence.
  6. Day 6 Chianti Country to Orvieto and on to Rome

    Journey to Umbrian Orvieto, a hilltop village overlooking a vineyard-covered plain.Explore the town with your Travel Director and visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral, before continuing towards the Eternal City of Rome.In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome.
  7. Day 7 Rome Sightseeing and Dinner in the Vatican

    In the morning, enjoy the very best of the city’s highlights, including visiting the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Cross the Tiber river to enjoy ancient Rome. See the incredible Circus Maximus and the legendary Colosseum, site of memorable battles and legacy to the courage of gladiators.In the afternoon, gain exclusive fast-tracked VIP entry into the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and observe the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano, which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age. You'll then enter the Sistine Chapel where you'll marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. Then you'll be privileged an exclusive VIP Highlight Dinner at the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, whilst enjoying views of the cupola of St. Peters, or inside the Ethnological Museum, should weather permit.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Bettoja Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio, Rome.
  8. Day 8 Arrivederci Roma

    Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport

Authentic Dining

  • Como: The L'antica Riva restaurant, situated on picturesque Lake Como, is built within a historic 17th century building which was one of the ?rst houses of the area. Here you will enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Milan: Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with wine, as you get to know your fellow travellers.
  • Florence: During dinner, meet a sommelier who will talk you through a tasting of some of Tuscan's finest wines.
  • Vatican City: Be among the select few to gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums. Visit the stunning Museo Gregoriano Profano which documents various moments and themes in classical art, from Ancient Greece through to the late Imperial Roman age and see Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Then you'll be privileged an exclusive VIP Celebration Dinner at the Vatican's Cortile del Giardino Quadrato, whilst enjoying views of the cupola of St. Peters, should weather permit.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Insight Choice

  • Florence: Choose between a visit to the Accademia Museum with an art historian to see Michelangelo's David or alternatively, wander through the market stalls on a guided shopping tour.

Insight Experiences

  • Vatican City: Gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums, witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing and watch artisans create delicate works of art.

Make Travel Matter

  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices.The workshop advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The workshops master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Como: Take in the exquisite views of the lake and it's backdrop of the Rhaetian Alps as you enjoy an orientation of this magnificent town.
  • Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Pisa: Your Local Expert will show you the baptistery bristling with marble spines, the colonnaded bell tower lurching behind the 11th century cathedral and of course, the famous Leaning Tower in the Square of Miracles.
  • Florence: See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods and witness a gold and leather-work demonstration.
  • Orvieto: During your orientation of this Umbrian hilltop town with your Travel Director, visit Piazza del Duomo to admire the cathedral.
  • Rome: Discover ancient treasures of Rome with a passionate local. See Circus Maximus and the Ancient Forum, and stand besides the Colosseum, which bears witness to the limitless courage of the gladiators.
  • Vatican City: Venture inside St. Peter's Basilica and see Michelangelo's Pietà, and the splendid dome.

Dates & Prices

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Independent Reviews
Reginald Small
Sunday, November 3, 2019
He paid attention to detail and delivered a great product
Excellent from beginning to end
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 1, 2019
The website was fairly easy to use. There were agents available by phone for questions.
Insight Tours was highly organized. Our tour director, Debra, was amazing. One of our party was vegan and this was a bit challenging. The Italians could usually come up with alternative meals, but not the airlines. Tour was very fast paced. If I did a tour like this again, I would arrive a day early to rest a bit. Two of the optional experiences I wanted to do were cancelled. I wish I had been aware of the difficulty in getting museum tickets, so I could have booked them in advance. I missed a couple of places because I didn't have advance tickets.
M. Crist
Monday, July 29, 2019
Alicia was very easy to work with. The booking was easy and she responded to all questions and requests quickly and courteously.
The trip was wonderful from start to finish. Our guide was extremely organized, friendly, and knowledgable. We appreciated that he took us to places early in the day to avoid the crowds. Our coach was quite nice and our driver did a great job and was very courteous. The optional experiences that we chose were certainly worth it, and some of our favorite parts of the trip. We felt that we had a good balance between free time and guided activities at each place along the tour. We saw a lot and made many memories. We'll certainly return to Italy again in the future!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your comments and the beautiful pictures. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again soon!
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Patricia Walsh
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Italian Intermezzo was the most unguided guided tour we have ever taken. After an overnight in Como, we were on to Verona. We were taken to the area next to the arena and walked through the town to the balcony of Romeo and Juliet. At this point we were given 2 hours of 'free time'. This was far too much time as all there was to do was shop. Next it was on to Venice and taken to St, Marks square for a brief history of the square and 'you have 3 hours free time'. Next day we were back at St. Marks square for another 3 hours 'free time'. This was the prevailing theme in Florence - more 'free time' and we'll be back here tomorrow. No information given on the museums and fountains and where to find them. On to Rome and the most disappointing experience at the Vatican museum. We were walked through gallery after gallery filled with paintings of Italy. When we reached the Sistine chapel, we entered amidst a throng of people all standing in the chapel trying to admire the beautiful ceiling. This was next to impossible as there was no place to sit. Our celebration dinner was almost cafeteria style and we were limited to 1 hour to enjoy a final dinner with our travel companions. This was our second trip with Insight Vacation and will definitely be our last! We have traveled with Trafalgar many times and have never been disappointed. If it were not for the optional excursions this would have been the worst trip we have ever taken.
Not worth what we paid, would not recommend this trip to others!
Enna Del Russo
Monday, August 13, 2018
Second trip booked through GET. Everything was perfect, from start to finish.
Great value for the cost of the trip.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, August 12, 2018
We loved our trip. Great group, excellent guide and bus driver.
Beautiful country and nice itinerary. Not rushed.
Janet Smoot
Monday, August 6, 2018
Our tour director was so knowledgeable about Italy. He was organized and made you feel like you were his only customers. Since this was the first ever guided tour for most of our group, Vincenso helped us navigate the ins and outs of a tour. Even though only 9 days, this tour included all the cities you would lime to see in Italy! The coach was great and our driver was excellent!
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. We're beyond pleased to know you had the best time in Italy and that Vincenso helped to make the trip so special for you. Happy travels!
Monday, August 6, 2018
The best number of cities to see in Italy. The extra excursions were fantastic! We couldn't't ask for more. I would recommend this trip and Insight vacations to everyone.
Sylvia Palmer Seidel
Monday, October 23, 2017
It was a little strenuous than I thought it would be. Too much walking and not enough time to brouse and shop. Disappointed that we did not get to the Pontaveccio. The hotels were very comfortable and clean. The breakfasts were great. Our tour director, Chris Beck was outstanding. He was knowlegable ..and extremely kind. He gave me euros when my ATM card wouldn't work. He was outstanding. If there is any way to get my remarks about him to whoever is his boss and to Chris himself I'd really appreciate it. He made this trip.
Worth every penny. I would recommend them to family and friends
George Offutt
Monday, July 31, 2017
Well organized, the employees were always very willing to try to accommodate in whatever ways they could help.
Well organized tour. Saw a lot of Italy
Judy Greene
Sunday, July 9, 2017
very friendly Belinda was the best. She even got me some batteries when my camera's batteries went dead. I had no change to throw in the Trevi fountain and she made sure I had 3 coins. We got along so well with the other travelers on the bus. Belinda made everything just fit so well.
The only downside was the hotel in Florence. The service staff was great but the room was strange. We made the best of it and had a lot of fun describing our rooms to each other.
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